New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker told CNN on Tuesday night that President Donald Trump's plan to "let Obamacare fail" "not just cynical. It's actually sinister."
He also described it as "evil to plot against Americans like that."
"We're not going to own it," Trump said that day after Senate leaders gave up on their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. "I'm not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We'll let Obamacare fail and then the Democrats are going to come to us."
"That's not just cynical. It's actually sinister," Booker told CNN's Don Lemon on Tuesday. "Here is a guy that promised consistently that 'Only I Can Fix This,' I'm the guy. I'm going to make health care affordable for everybody, I think the word he used was terrific."
"He has completely abdicated that responsiblity, that promise," Booker said about Trump's campaign pledge to replace Obamacare with something "terrific."
"He outsourced this reform process to people like Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, and he didn't even try to reach out to Democrats."
"A great deal-maker failed to make a deal," Booker said. "Now he's just saying I'm going to imperil 30 million Americans? That means Americans will get hurt badly, and you'll see devastating things happen. That's not just a cynical way that's violating his promises. That's sinister, and it's evil, to plot against Americans like that.